Two of the most popular American YouTubers chose the Dominican Republic to start the Team Seas campaign that seeks to eliminate 30 million pounds of garbage from the world’s beaches by 2022.
The journey was led by Jimmy Donaldson (MrBeast), who has more than 70 million subscribers on YouTube and is known for his videos of people performing challenges for large sums of money, and Mark Rober, with 20 million followers on the platform for its content on popular science and creative ideas.
The works were carried from October 17th to 20th, in which around 2,000 people volunteered.
On their respective platforms, both MrBeast and Rober posted videos about the cleaning day in the country, which took place on the Gringo beach, in Haina and Fuerte San Gil, in the National District.
The videos show how the three elements of the campaign worked: the garbage found on the beaches, the garbage that floats in the oceans and the garbage that is in the rivers.
After the cleaning, more than 100,000 pounds of trash were removed from both beaches and the Ozama River.
The video posted by Rober showed a barge that cleans the garbage from the Ozama River, which was developed by the Dutch organization The Ocean Clean Up, directed by Boyan Slat, a 23-year-old Dutch man. The event was attended by members of the Navy.
Team Seas comes from the non-profit organization Ocean Conservancy, which has sponsored the foundation internationally for some time 14 years. Annually the NGO chooses between 100 countries to develop a beach cleaning day.
Through the United Nations, the initiate leaders contacted the Dominican authorities who gave their support for the development of the campaign in the country.
The project was managed with secrecy so that it would have a greater impact on YouTube and social networks after the launch. Donations that almost exceed five million dollars.